Smithson Valley readies for CC Moody
Rangers now 22-7 on the season
By John Kastner
Smithson Valley head baseball coach George Proctor had no problem looking for the right combination when it came to pitching and hitting. Kendal Volz, Alan Hill and Joe Pawelek applied for the job and carried out the assignment-a 9-1 drubbing over San Antonio Holmes May 21 in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals at Blossom Athletic Center.
Volz, who completely outclassed Judson two weeks ago, was in full control once again on the mound against the Huskies, keeping Holmes sluggers off-balance with his off-speed pitches. He struck out seven hitters and allowed only three hits.
With the victory, Volz improved his pitching record to 9-1 and earned his second complete game. The Rangers pumped their record to 22-7.
On the other side of the ledger, the Ranger offense played a vital role in the sweep of the series as Hill went 3-for-4 and Pawelek went 2-for-4.
The victory was sweet as candy for Coach Proctor, who was quick to point out that the win was a total team effort where pitching and hitting dominated. "We had two big innings that got us going," he said. "We hit the ball hard and took advantage of many scoring opportunities."
In the opening game of the series, the Rangers-behind ace Hill-stumped Holmes 3-1. The Rangers will now take on regional champion Corpus Christi Moody in the semifinals May 27 at 8 p.m. at Wolff Stadium. The second game will be played May 28 at Cabaniss Field in Corpus Christi at 4 p.m.